Conservative MP Michelle Rempel Garner will not be throwing her hat into the ring to replace Jason Kenney in Alberta after all.

The longtime Calgary politician had been publicly mulling a run at the leadership for weeks, and had even stepped back from her role as co-chair on Patrick Brown’s run for the federal Conservative leadership in order to consider the move.

Indeed, some polling this week suggested she would have joined the race as a frontrunner.

But in an online post Thursday, she said that although she had the chops, the team and the family support to do it, she was ultimately dissuaded by the “significant level of hurt and uncertainty,” in the UCP ranks that had prompted the departure of the former leader.

“In the hundred plus conversations I’ve had with folks close to the situation over the last week, my key takeaway was that the acrimony that led up to Jason’s leadership review is still raw.”

More to eat.


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